NEW ORLEANS - "Class of 2014," Valedictorian Kyler Jett said, drawing a cheer.
The 198 Warren Easton High School graduates didn't see the superstar smiling as she hid on the sidelines. Actress Sandra Bullock told us in an interview later how much they mean to her.
"They're just infectious, they inspire me, they make me try to get off my butt and do better. I love them," she said.
And the graduates roared when she was introduced as a surprise commencement speaker at the UNO Lakefront Arena Monday.
"You make me walk out into the world with pride, and I want you to go find it, and I want you to save the world while you're at it," said Bullock.
The Academy Award-winning actress has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Warren Easton since Katrina when she adopted the school in the city she loves.
"I don't think you can put it into words," she said. "It's like a spice, it just, it only exists here, and I've been taking and taking, and when everything happened with Katrina, that's when you realize you have to put back."
"I'm so happy she gave me the scholarship for college, because I didn't know how I was going to pay for room and board," said graduate Jada Mack.
"She deserves it," responded Bullock. "She's going to do better than I did in the process."
Like any good commencement speaker, Sandra Bullock had advice for these students as they begin the next chapter in their lives.
"Stop being so afraid of the unknown, because anything I was afraid of didn't happen," she said.
"Her words just sank, they sunk in, and after she finished speaking, I just started crying," said graduate Tatiana Collins.
And she drew a laugh when she shared advice she gives her four year old son.
"Do not pick your nose in public,"